Question: I’m a mother of three, 42 years old and I look exhausted and worn out all the time. I know that a lot of this is due to the darkness under my eyes and I was wondering if this can be fixed with blepharoplasty?
Answer: Darkness under the eyes can certainly be improved upon with a blepharoplasty and it really depends on the reason behind the darkness as to whether the blepharoplasty will fully correct this problem or not. In most patients, the darkness is due to shadowing because of some bulges in the lower eyelid. These bulges are corrected surgically with a lower lid blepharoplasty and, therefore, the dark circles disappear. Other patients have pigmentation or vascularity in the area and this is actually a discoloration of the skin and a blepharoplasty will not be able to correct this type of darkness, but this type is very easily corrected with a small amount of cover makeup.